Will Oliver

St. Andrews, UK

Will is the co-founder of In Practise, a primary research firm serving the needs of long-term investors and operators of quality companies.

What I wonder about?

What are the characteristics of businesses that create value for their stakeholders over generations? What are the ways of organizing human activity in business conducive to the greatest possible human flourishing? 

What can the patterns of nature tell us about what works in business?

What am I currently exploring?

Building great culture

The resources I have re-read the most?

David Whyte’s Three Marriages

David Hawkins’ Letting Go 

John Heider’s Tao of Leadership 

Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth 

Stanislav Grof’s The Cosmic Game

Favourite quote

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” Begin it now.”-W. H. Murray

Favourite thinkers/ mentors

David Whyte, Carl Jung, Yvon Chouinard, Dee Hock, Charlie Munger, Danny Meyer, Ingvar Kamprad, Peter Kaufman, William Shakespeare, Ian McGilchrist, David Hawkins, Ram Dass, Adyashanti, Joseph Campbell, Reggie Watts, Peter Kingsley, Nora Bateson, Fritjof Capra, Gary Lachman

What fascinates me atm?

The art and science of human motivation
How to have better conversations

What excites me about the future?

The growing movement of operators and investors looking to build businesses that create value for stakeholders over decades

If you didn’t find me here, you would find me..

Swimming in the atlantic or in the lakes around berlin

John Candeto

Orlando, USA

Advisor –> Builder –> Investor. Seeking wisdom and following curiosity. Building things as I find opportunities to serve others well. Founder and Managing Partner of the Phronesis Fund. Co-Founder of Workforce Data Alliance. Home on the internet. Home airport in Orlando FL. Learning in public at johncandeto.com

What I wonder about?

The economy of time

What are the best unanswered questions?

What/where are the best pieces of wisdom literature?

I collect great quotes and great questions to help me along in these pursuits.

What am I currently exploring?

Spending more time in wonder (vs. information).
Giving and exploring the gift of silence and stillness.
Here’s what I’m reading right now

The resources I have re-read the most?

The book of Proverbs

Poor Richard’s Almanack

Macbeth

A Tale of Two Cities

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Autobiography of Ben Franklin

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Favourite quote

“A correct understanding of how the world really works is truth. Aligning one’s actions to truth is wisdom.”

Favourite thinkers/ mentors

King Solomon

Ben Franklin

Many great investors and builders. Thorndike’s The Outsiders and Green’s Richer, Wiser, Happier are great starting points to explore them.

What fascinates me atm?

Adoption Curves > Valuations

Power Laws Rule the World (essay here if interested).

What excites me about the future?

The rate of change of the rate of change is increasing, dramatically.

If you didn’t find me here, you would find me..

Traveling, often with my family.

“The world is a book, and those who don’t travel read only one page.”

Ferdi von Bennigsen

London & Munich, Europe

Ferdi is the co-founder of Atacama Partners, an asset management firm investing globally in quality businesses with a system oriented approach

What I wonder about?

Patterns of quality

The left and right hemisphere of the brain

The three marriages Self, Work, Relationships

What am I currently exploring?

How to build a company on system-oriented based principles

How to raise my two children together with my wife

The resources I have re-read the most?

Richard Alpert / Ram Dass: How can I help?

David Whyte: Three Marriages

Dee Hock: One from Many

Michael Singer: The Surrender Experiment

Favourite quote

“We should not feel embarrassed by our difficulties, only by our failure to grow anything beautiful from them” – Alain de Botton

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” – Rumi

“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.” – Aldous Huxley

Favourite thinkers/ mentors

Richard Alpert, Michael Singer, Charlie Munger, Iain McGilchrist, David Whyte

What fascinates me atm?

Principle of “Process over outcome”

The timeless parable of Mr. Market

Seeing my children grow

What excites me about the future?

The system approach of life in practice

Paul Higgins

Dublin, Ireland

Paul spent a decade driving acquisitions, investing and operating businesses across Europe for EY, Accenture and later in private equity before going out on his own in 2021 to build a new generation of businesses through Invrt.

What I wonder about?

Try to partner with high trust, capable, optimistic and quality business builders globally to create value for generations.

What am I currently exploring?

Investor in quality business (private mostly)

Building highest quality technology products and teams

Cultivating the best 10yr questions

My evergreen questions (10+ yrs)?

How to build a more sustainable business ecosystem to align long term capital with long term innovators at scale…

What we can integrate from the basic principles of nature, and natural systems into business for the next generation

The resources I have re-read the most?

Latticework

Poor Charlie’s Almanac

Berkshire Hathaway letters (1960’s – present)

The Art of Learning, Josh Waitzkin

The Outsiders, William Thorndike

Favourite quote

“It is quality rather than quantity that matters”, Seneca

“To finish first, you must first finish”, Unknown

“The map is not the territory, the territory is the map”, Gregory Bateson

“The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life”, Confucius

Favourite thinkers/ mentors

Investor: Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett, Nick Sleep, Li Lu, Chuck Akre, Tom Russo, Claude Shannon. 

Life: Josh Waitzkin, Carol Dweck, Gregory Bateson, Fritjof Capra, Epectitus, Seneca etc.

Business Building: Mark Leonard, The Goal, Ed Demming, Russell Ackoff (Systems), Vicente Falconi (incentives).

What fascinates me atm?

Ergodicity  / Ergodic systems

Irreversible outcomes in probability

Games of Risk

What excites me about the future?

The next generation of investors and business builders – based on what I’ve seen they will integrate sustainable outcomes into businesses better than any other generation before them.

If you didn’t find me here, you would find me..

on a ranch in Texas … long story.